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In October 2014, the Student Voice Project affiliated with the USC Dornsife Joint Educational Project (JEP), one of the oldest and largest service-learning programs in the country.
“We are delighted to be associated with USC and to have the SVP on campus at JEP,” said Chris Fager, SVP Board Chair.
Said Tammara Anderson, Executive Director of JEP, “I am pleased that the Student Voice Project will be affiliated with JEP. Our programs are so closely aligned — both working in our urban neighborhood schools. I am confident and enthusiastic about the work we can accomplish together. The JEP staff looks forward to working with the Student Voice Project!”
About the Joint Educational Project
The Joint Educational Project (JEP) is a one of the oldest and largest service-learning programs in the country. Based in the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, JEP is designed to serve as a broker between academic courses and schools and service agencies in the community surrounding USC’s main campus. JEP seeks to foster the intellectual, social and ethical development of USC students while providing much needed services for community organizations. Guiding our work is the principle that community service can be connected to classroom learning in such a way that service is more informed by theoretical and conceptual understanding and learning is more informed by the realities of the world. Each year, JEP places some 2000 students in the neighborhood as mentors, mini-course instructors, translators and assistants to teachers, hospital staff members and other helping professionals.
In addition to its service-learning programs connected to Dornsife courses (primarily), JEP also houses the Trojan Health Volunteers Program (THV), a program that offers pre-health students the opportunity to obtain valuable volunteering experience in Los Angeles area hospital and clinical settings, and an America Reads/America Counts program, coined USC ReadersPlus, which hires and places work-study students in seven of the closest schools to USC’s University Park Campus. Readers and math mentors (USC students) assist neighborhood K-5 children in improving their reading and math skills as well as their academic confidence.